Humanoid Android Development for the Android OS

17Apr/114

A long overdue update

Hey all,

It's been quite awhile since I updated, and I do apologize for that. The reason is actually a good one: I recently found a new job in which I am programming for Android and iOS devices! I am very happy to finally be in this kind of position, but it comes with a bit of a price. Since I spend all day working with this sort of stuff, by the time I get home I'm a bit drained to say the least (mainly due to having to learn iOS in a very short amount of time lately). I finally feel like I'm getting into the swing of things though, so I'm going to get back into my personal projects when I find the time.

With that said, it's a bit of a white lie to say I haven't worked on personal projects at all. In my last post, I mentioned a new project, Ringtone Randomizer. Well, I released it about a week and a half ago, though it's now called Tone Shuffler (the other name was already taken). I'll have a page up here shortly with a feature list, screenshots, the works. I made it as lightweight and simple as possible because I wanted to make sure it did exactly what it is supposed to do exactly the way it is supposed to do it. Tone Shuffler is available in both the Android Market and the Amazon Android App Store, so please check it out!

Now, on to Custom Car Home. Tonight, I am beginning the planning stages of the next version of this app. I am going to treat it as a professional sort of project, with a specified feature list and milestones. When I first began working on CCH, I knew absolutely nothing of Android, so it was very much a way for me to learn the basics. The code isn't awful, but it's certainly not top-tier either. Since I've learned a lot over the past year, this time I can focus on really making CCH a truly great, quality app. I'm excited to finally have time to work on this, and I can't wait to bring it to everyone.

That being said, the new CCH will not be ready very soon. It will be a complete rewrite, and I'm not releasing it until it is done. I may put up some beta releases for feedback if people are interested, but it won't go to market until I'm completely satisfied with it. On the topic of feedback, I will probably put some polls up to see what features people are most interested in, and I also plan on holding a icon contest in which the winner's icon will be used for the app in the future.

Things are going to get really exciting around here. I hope the wait isn't too long for everyone, and I promise it will be worth it. Peace!

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16Jan/113

New year, new developments

It's gettin', it's gettin', it's gettin' kinda hectic.

-Snap

I'd like to wish a belated Happy New Year to everyone! It's been awhile since I posted on here, so I thought I'd give a bit of an update.

I've taken a little bit of a break from Custom Car Home lately, but I will be working on it again soon. The main reason for this is that I am back on the job hunt, and it is pretty draining (hence the above quote). I am excited about the prospect of doing Android development professionally, however, so it will be worth it!

The second reason for the break is that I've been working on a new app: Ringtone Randomizer (title subject to change). I occasionally add new ringtones to my phone, but it's always been hard for me to just pick one that I like. With Ringtone Randomizer, you can create a list of as many ringtones as you want, and then each time you receive a call your default ringtone will randomly change to a different one from the list. That's the gist, anyway. I hope to have it finished soon, since it's a relatively small undertaking compared to Custom Car Home.

I'm also excited to say that I will be receiving an Adam tablet next month! For anybody who hasn't heard of it, it is certainly the most advanced Android tablet around (until the Honeycomb tablets come out, anyway). I'm going to look into making some apps for it, too. If you're in the market for an Android tablet, you should definitely check out the Adam (http://www.notionink.com).

That's it for now. Hasta luego!

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18Dec/104

v1.1.7 – the one before 1.1.8

I've just put out 1.1.7, the third release for the week! Due to quite a few requests, you can now import and export your home screens and settings. They are cross-compatible between the free and donate versions. It makes things a lot easier if you are switching from the free to the donate version. Here's how you can take advantage of it:

  1. Open the free version and hit Menu->Import/Export->Export Data->Yes
  2. You should see a toast that says "Export successful."
  3. Open the donate version and hit Menu->Import/Export->Import Data->Yes

That's all there is to it! The exported data is stored on your SD card at sdcard/CustomCarHome. The export will probably fail if you don't have an SD card (looking at you, Nexus S), so I'll look into a solution for that.

Also, due to another request I have added a new setting: "Enable custom brightness." If you had a custom brightness level selected before, make sure you enable this new setting or else your brightness won't change.

Last, but not least, I fixed some bugs involving the creation of the app list. If you were missing any apps or getting duplicates when you refreshed, this should fix that.

Full changelog: http://bigfwoosh.com/cch/cch_changelog.txt

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